Sunday, 19 August 2018

THE LEOPARD PRINT DRESS

It's a trend that is just not leaving us and this late Summer/early Autumn, it's completely full on! I was out shopping this week with one of my nieces and within an hour I purchased two! Yes two! 

And it's not just in the usual browns and blacks, oh no... not anymore the leopard print has evolved, keep reading to find out more!



Lizzi Richardson
@Lovedbylizzi


This dress from NEXT is the perfect day dress, in fact I'm pretty sure I could get away with wearing it to the office too, however I'll be saving it first for a few events - I've styled it here for a lunch date with girlfriends (who by the way... Martine wore a blue leopard print dress!) - As it was raining I had to go with boots, and because that's quite a hard look I added the black leather belt to balance this rather than use the matching material belt that came with the dress.

This shirt dress has sold out online, but I have seen it in quite a few NEXT stores over the last week, but if you love it... you'll need to head out fast to grab one, as it's a bargain at £36!


NEXT
Animal Print Shirt Dress
£36






They also offer this wrap t-shirt dress, a great alternative day dress! Perhaps not one for the office though. Again most sizes sold out online (I told you this is a popular trend!) But I have seen this in store too.


NEXT
Animal Wrap T-Shirt Dress
£26







Now M&S are really into this animal trend, with numerous styles selling fast, but don't panic they seem to have a new dress every few weeks, so if you don't see any now... I'm confident there will be more coming soon.

This one is a little cheeky - it's a two piece that together will trick people into thinking it's a dress but you have the added benefits of getting great cost per wear, as you can style the items with other pieces you have in your wardrobe!


M&S - LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION

Animal Print Jumper & Pencil Skirt Suit Set
£64.50










Now this one I have seen a lot on Instagram... and I think this dress is gorgeous, BUT I must caveat this point with "if you have the right bodyshape!" I'm not kidding!! Ideally best for a straight body line with a small chest or this may not be very flattering, if you are pear or hourglass please consider a belt to give you some shape.


M&S LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION
Animal Print Half Sleeve Shift Midi Dress
£45






Now for the biggest collection of leopard print dresses, head to ASOS! Here are my top three... and it was hard to pick!


ASOS DESIGN 
Leopard print pep hem pencil dress with buckle
£38







ASOS
Liquorish leopard print wrap midi dress
Was £50, Now £32






ASOS DESIGN 
Wrap midi dress in leopard print
£45






My leopard print dress from &Other Stories has to be one of my best purchases this year! I've posted this dress a lot on my blog, and for a spend of £59, I've definitely had my cost per wear and with so many compliments I now get a little embarrassed to say how cheap it was because it looks so expensive plus I've started to apologies to people that it's no longer available!

Lizzi Richardson
@Lovedbylizzi


So for this post, I had to head to their site to see what they have, and this one is going to be perfect for Autumn.


&Other Stories - Designed in Paris
Leopard Pleated Midi Dress
£79







Now I promised you an alternative to the brown.... and that's the red and black animal print! It's a harsh print that is not going to suit everyone's colourings, you see the usual leopard print is pretty much a neutral and works for most people, however this one... I think the print is quite dramatic and would probably work best with ladies who have cool skin tones and can take the deep shades otherwise known as Winters. 

But try it, and be honest with yourself, if you feel the print is overpowering, then it's not for you and stick with tradition leopard print. I can confirm I would not be able to wear any of these, as I am a deep-Autumn and therefore I have a warm skin tone.



Mint Velvet
Salma Print Shirt Dress
£109






SOSANDAR
Red Leopard Print V Neck Dress
£69









Okay this next one from Topshop unsurprisingly is sold out apart from size 8 - so check in store if you are loving this!


TOPSHOP
Leopard Print Ruffle Slip Dress
£39







WAREHOUSE
Cheetah Print Channel Dress
£36







And if you are not digging brown... or the red.... then I have found this beauty at ZARA - what a gorgeous leopard print!


ZARA
Leopard Print Halter Neck
£39.99








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Thursday, 16 August 2018

YOU TUBE: VLOG BEHIND THE SCENES

I've been blogging quite a few years now and I make every effort to go hunt out the best buys I think you'll love. Well I don't do this from my home surfing the net! I love to get out and about checking the latest products from the highstreet brands and get a feel for what's hot at the moment.

I love blogging and I love creating this content for you, and as part of my new series on You Tube I've put together a short film on one of my trips out so that you get a feel of some of the 'behind the scenes' activity.

It's not glam in any way, and so the film is quite raw - it would be good to know if you like this sort of content, so please do leave a comment and let me know!

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Lizzi x


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Sunday, 12 August 2018

SUMMER TREND: HEAD SCARVES & TURBANS

Head scarves or turbans are a strong trend this summer season - so easy to wear and let's be honest it helps us with those bad hair days, especially if we need to stay away from washing it so much.

I've also found this year I'm less keen on a summer hat - Why? I have absolutely no clue, so this trend is really working for me.



Lizzi Richardson
@Lovedbylizzi


I've tried tying my skinny scarf both as a bow (see below) plus I've also let it hang loose for a longer look - I personally prefer the bow as I don't have much of a pony tail with my bob length hair but should you have very cropped or very long, I can image leaving it longer would look stylishly fab!


Head scarf
@Lovedbylizzi
 


As for the turban version, well I have bought the black Zara one below - I've not had the chance to use it because in my mind this would suit me more for either the beach or poolside. With my fringe once you get your hair a little wet it can look quite messy, I am hoping this turban along with a bit of lippy and some earrings, will mask how unkept I'm feeling, because it will ooze glam - well that's what's going on in my head!! LOL.

Have a go at both - unfortunately they don't allow you to take these small accessories into the changing rooms, so perhaps shop for them at a quieter time giving you the chance to try in store without too much fuss. Take a friend for the honest opinion BUT remember it's meant to be an aid to keep a casual vibe stylish so let's avoid perfection!



STYLE INSPIRATION
















All images are from Pinterest




MY TOP TIPS

  • Think about what colours, prints you like - perhaps take a look at Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration before you head to the shops
  • Don't try too hard making your hair look perfect - it's meant to look natural not too contrived
  • Head to You Tube and watch a few videos on how to tie the scarves
  • Start small - try a pony tail and just tie a skinny scarf around the tail, keep trying new ways each time, and your confidence will grow
  • It is harder with a fringe, but don't feel you have to hide the fringe... work it within the look
  • Think about the colour of your scarf and the print - it needs to work with what you are wearing (unless you are in a plain tee and jeans or a simple jumpsuit)
  • If you love this trend - invest in two or three scarves/turbans as you don't want to keep re-creating the same look
  • Most importantly, spend time playing and getting to know how to tie it - don't try creating on a special night out!



This black one below is what I have purchased for my beach/pool look - hardly breaking the bank at £7.99!
ZARA
TURBAN-STYLE HEADBAND WITH KNOT
£7.99






ZARA
SEQUINNED HEADBAND
£15.99






ZARA
DAISY PRINT SCARF
£6.99








ASOS
ASOS DESIGN WIDE TURBAN IN PINK VELVET
£8.00










ASOS
ASOS DESIGN HAIR SCARF IN ANIMAL PRINT
£6.00






RIVER ISLAND
BROWN SATIN LEOPARD PRINT TURBAN HAT
Was £16.00, Now £7.00









RIVER ISLAND
RED SCARF PRINT WIDE TWIST HEADBAND
£10.00






My Ted Baker scarf is from last year and I bought it in the sale - so always keep a look out for this sort of thing at your favourite premium brand stores - as paying full price for these kind of items can be quite expensive. Here's a few I've found on their website.


TED BAKER
KANSISS

Kyoto Gardens skinny scarf
Was £40, Now £25






TED BAKER
JOANE

Blenheim Jewels skinny scarf
Was £40, Now £28








RIXO LONDON

Alexa – Abstract Oriental

















I would love to see how you get on using your head scarves or turbans, so if you do post on instagram, please tag me in @Lovedbylizzi and feel free to use my hashtag #lovedbylizzi



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Thursday, 9 August 2018

YOU TUBE - WESTFIELD WHITE CITY | WHY I LOVE SHOPPING THERE

Westfield White City is one of many places I love to shop, I've never had a bad day there shopping. There is so much choice of stores, plus lots of restaurants, cinema and you can easily use the tube station at Shepherd's Bush should you need to head off into the city. 

As part of my new series on You Tube, I've made a short film explaining why I love shopping there.

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Thanks, 

Lizzi x



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Sunday, 5 August 2018

23 CASUAL TEES

I am spending a week living in jeans and t-shirts.... not my usual kind of dress code! But dog walks, chilling by lakes and relaxing doesn't always call for a dress! (But I have packed a couple!! - shh don't tell hubby)



Lizzi Richardson
@Lovedbylizzi - T-shirt from The Forge Boutique, Gerrards Cross


So I've been checking some out... 23 in fact!



WAREHOUSE
Lips Embroidered T-shirt
£26







ZARA
Graphic Tee
£9.99







H&M
T-shirt with embroidery

£19.99








TOPSHOP
mbroidered Sketch Face T-Shirt by Tee & Cake

£20.00








River Island
Grey sequin dog crew neck T-shirt

£24.00








JIGSAW
Kodak Camera T-shirt
£30.00








Hush Homewear
Stella Star Tee
Various colourways
£35.00









Whistles
Lost In Love T-shirt
£49.00








Hobbs London
Vanessa Tee
£35.00








Barbour
B.INTL TURBO T-SHIRT
£34.95









Fat Face
Hannah V Neck Stripe T-Shirt

£22.00